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Divinization,
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also termed “deification” (Gk θέωσις/théōsis) is a concept that goes back to ancient Platonic and Neoplatonic philosophy, and was adopted early in orthodox theology on the basis of Pauline (2 Cor 5:17; Gal 2:20; 3:26f.) and Johannine (John 14:23; 17:21) affirmations, and especially on the basis of 2 Pet 1:4. Divinization occupies a central place in the orthodox doctrine of redemption. It is founded on the Christ event, for in Christ, human nature is divinized by its union with the divine nature (Dam. Fid. IV 9). For this reason, the doctrine of divination is ins…

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Felmy, Karl Christian, “Divinization,”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 07 December 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_125315>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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